thanks everyone for the tips I think I found a way, I downloaded a little program called fat 32 format, & ran this through windows command & it seemed to work, I checked it in windows explore, clicked on properties for local disc G, & showed up as fat32. This drive will be mostly for smaller files, a lot of photographs in tiff & jpg formats. I will have a separate drive dedicated to just movies files & projects which will be NTFS.
One other thing I noticed is that when I have my new drive running, there are 3 lights; 1; for power, 2; HDD; 3; fan; but only the power & fan lights are glowing all the time, the HDD does not, it has only glowed very fleetingly when I was running windows disc check for errors after I formatted it. Is there something wrong? does this matter? the HDD light goes on briefly when I 1st turn it on along with a windows ring recognizing it but then after that it goes off. windows does seem to see the drive, although only when I have it plugged into the back usb port, when in the front usb port, & I click on G windows does not seem to recognize it. It has showed up as healthy in disc management.
will windows vista be able to read & write to my fat 32 drive?